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Alex Evans at the Foundry Gallery, Chelsea Quarter: LDF17

The astute reader will have noticed that SEEN loves art about London. There are many artists in this city who draw (pun intended) their inspiration from it, none more so than Alex Evans whose fractal renderings hint at the entropic nature of urban life and perhaps also our anxieties and isolation in the 21st century. His latest exhibition ‘Invisible Systems’ can be seen at the Foundry Gallery, tucked away off the King’s Road until 26th October.

His latest collection of drawings and laser etchings expand on the theme, and whereas his previous work has seemed more figurative this body of work seems to have liberated itself from the gravitational constraints of earth and be flying off into space in a way we see more often in science fiction and futurist architecture.

The triangular ‘Stacks’ (after Cheung) brought to SEEN’s mind the ‘Into the Unknown: a Journey through Science Fiction’ exhibition at the Barbican, over the summer, which posited, among many other wondrous things, rising DNA-spiral cities, designed to relieve pressure on Tokyo’s existing urban sprawl, or perhaps the epic ‘spindizzies’ of James Blish’s ‘Cities in Flight’ sci fi stories.

Another piece, Cracks/Shadows is painstakingly drawn then has sections carefully rubbed out, evoking (for SEEN at least) the particular perspective of traditional art of Japan and the way in which nature will occupy any void. Perhaps here too, the anxieties and absence of human connection crouch, as though aware of our own insignificance; It’s the cities that will outlive us all.

www.thefoundrygallery.org

39 Old Church Street
Chelsea
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